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Posted on Jun 19, 2017

Boardtracker Harley-Davidson in Janesville, Wisconsin, has hosted the MDA Tub Run for 23 years.

This year, thousands of motorcyclists riding almost every brand of motorcycle gathered at the Janesville dealership, completely filling the parking lot and two adjacent lots.  Hupy and Abraham, S.C. is proud to support this ride year after year, which benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Southern Wisconsin.

At noon, escorted by Rock County Sheriffs, the long line of bikes made its way onto the road for the start of another scenic tour along emerald shaded county roads, curve filled stretches through farmland and reduced speed visits into small towns. Not having to stop or even put your feet down during this ride is pure rider’s heaven.

MDA Tub Run  Photo Credits: Don Eddy and Jonathan Mechler

There was one half-way stop in the town of Clinton to cool down, get some refreshments and stroll through endless lines of motorcycles packing the entire main street of Clinton.

Each year it seems this event gets bigger and what’s nice is the proceeds stay right in Wisconsin to benefit research and to help with the various services MDA provides like summer camp. Thank you Boardtracker Harley-Davidson for this great event. Thanks to the dozens and dozens of volunteers who were at every turn along the route. Thanks to the escort provided by the Rock County Sheriff’s Department. And thank you for asking EMS Roaddocs to provide medical support again this year. It was an honor and privilege to be a part of this all.

http://rockcountycycles.com/events/

 

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Heroes helping Heroes

 

Posted on Aug 29, 2016

                                                                       

 

On Sunday, August 28, EMS Roaddocs held its second annual ride to benefit the Greg Lindmark Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to support and assistance programs for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  PTSD is a mental condition affecting our first responders, and it can cause anxiety, great stress, irritability, and lead to suicide.  Although not as prevalent among first resonders as compared to military personnel, it is a serious condition that cannot be overlooked. Chronic fatigue due to repeated exporsure to trauma, prolonged or failed rescue operations, witnessing comrades injured or killed, or dealing with seriously injured children can have a devastating affect on fire fighters, EMT's and police.

Riders gathered at the starting point, Rock County Cycles, in Janesville, WI.  The independent motorcycle shop provided a large parking lot as well as refreshments for the over 100 participants who arrived in anticipation of a scenic ride to the fire department in Sharon, WI.

                                                  

The ride was fully supported by a number of different police and fire jurisdictions, and once off, riders never had to stop or put their feet down, except for a brief stop at the Orfordville Fire Department along the route. Dangerous intersections were handled by police and sheriffs, and several fire departments deployed fire trucks to block cross-traffic with the help of police.

After arriving in Sharon, riders as well as locals were treated to some extrication demonstrations by some Sharon fire fighters as well as a landing of the Flight for Life helicopter.  Everyone had the opportunity to watch the demonstrations and speak to the flight crew of the helicopter, who answered questions, posed for photos and let people look at the interior of this modern, life-saving emergency room in the sky.

There were raffle items, food and beverages, a dunk-tank that cooled off some volunteer Roaddocs, and Pits for Patriots was on hand to explain their exceptional program.

Founded in May of 2011, Pits for Patriots trains qualified, rescued pit bulls from various Chicago area dog rescues and shelters to work as service, therapy, skilled companion and companion dogs for United States military veterans and first responders (i.e. police, fire and emergency medical service personnel).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was an   exceptional day,  presented by an exceptional group of medical professionals, for an exceptional cause. Please watch for future events sponsored by EMS Roaddocs and consider participating in next years, Heroes helping Heroes ride.

Walworth County Today

Monday, August 22, 2016

 

Like-minded riders like helping others

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Members of EMS Roaddocs are easily identifiable by the unique design on the backs of their jackets. The motorcycle club is made up of emergency services workers, such as doctors, nurses and emergency medical technicians. Roaddocs Wisconsin photo via Facebook.
EMS Roaddocs members took part in a rally in June in Albany, Wisconsin. Members of the motorcycle club participate in fundraising rides, offer CPR classes, give scholarships and organize other projects that benefit area communities. Roaddocs Wisconsin photo via Facebook.
 
 

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EMS Roaddocs Heroes Helping Heroes event

 

• When: Sunday, Aug. 28

 

• The ride: Registration starts at 10:30 a.m., ride leaves at noon from Rock County Cycles, 1818 Milton Ave., Janesville. Ride ends at Sharon Fire and Rescue Department, 182 Park Ave., Sharon.  

 

• After the ride: Touch a Truck for children at 2 p.m., vehicle extrication demonstration at 3 p.m., Flight For Life landing, live music and more in Sharon.

 

• Find out more: Go online to emsroaddocs.com

JANESVILLE — More than 100 motorcycles are expected to roar through the area next weekend in support of those whose job is to help others.

The EMS Roaddocs will host the Heroes Saving Heroes motorcycle ride Sunday, Aug. 28, starting at Rock County Cycles in Janesville and ending at the Sharon Fire and Rescue Department. Ride registration begins at 10 a.m. with the ride at noon.

The ride will raise funds for the Greg Lindmark Foundation, which provides support for police officers who deal with stress and other emotional issues. The foundation was established in honor of Greg Lindmark, a former Rockford police officer who committed suicide last year.

The ride also offers a way to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder among emergency medical services workers, firefighters and police officers, said Bill Benson, a Janesville native who founded EMS Roaddocs. Benson said services are needed to help emergency workers deal with stress, especially those who work in smaller communities.

“When you start talking about little towns like Darien and Sharon, they don't have a lot of resources,” Benson said. “When they get dispatched to an emergency, they may be dispatched to a neighbor's house. When they get done working on their neighbor, what do they do with that? Where do they take that? Do you go home and sit at the table and talk to your family about it? They don't want to hear that kind of stuff.

“So, the premise of this is PTSD awareness and how it affects first responders. It's everywhere, and that's the message we want to get out.”

This is the second year for the motorcycle ride, which drew about 100 participants last year.

“My expectation would be to reach that same number, and if we could out-do that, that would be fantastic,” Benson said. “I would love to see anywhere from 100 to 200 motorcycles. I would love to see up to 1,000.”

Mark Messina, president of the EMS Roaddocs Wisconsin chapter, said he's looking forward to the ride.

“Last year's ride was held in Rockford, and we decided to move it to Wisconsin this year, because we have a lot of members in Wisconsin. It was exciting. We received support from firefighter motorcycle clubs and police motorcycle clubs,” Messina said. “Everyone had a good time. We were able to donate quite a bit of money to the Greg Lindmark Foundation.”

EMS Roaddocs member Justin Foley said he knows people who suffer from PTSD, so participating in the ride is important to him.

“Every year, I plan to be involved with it, whether I have to take vacation time or not,” Foley said. “That event is important to me. I've had a few friends that had PTSD, and I want to help raise awareness about it.”

The ride will end in Sharon, where family-friendly activities are planned, including vehicle extrication demonstrations, a Flight For Life landing, live music and the opportunity for children to get an up-close look at rescue vehicles.

Benson said people do not have to participate in the motorcycle ride in order to attend the event in Sharon.

“It's just not set for motorcyclists. It's set for the general public. It's set for everybody to come out,” Benson said. “They will find something that they can enjoy. My wife got a dunk tank and I think she wants to perch me up there.”

Serving the community

Besides Heroes Saving Heroes, the Roaddocs also participated in the MDA Tub Run and plan to participate in the Greg Garnand Benefit Ride, which is set for September in Woodstock, Illinois. Garnand is a paramedic who recently was diagnosed with bone cancer.

The group also offers scholarships for students who plan to enter the EMS field, as well as classes in CPR, accident scene management and first aid.

“We want to help people. We want to get our message out there,” Benson said. “I think that is why people gravitate to the Roaddocs, because we're out there serving the community.”

Foley said he has been involved with several programs that the Roaddocs have organized.

“I participated in a blanket drive for hospice where we provided blankets for people who are undergoing hospice care,” Foley said. “I also participated in a Crayola drive where we collected crates of coloring books, crayons and art supplies.”

Benson started the riding club about five years ago after looking to join a motorcycle group.

“I went to a couple of groups, and I thought, 'I just don't blend in.' I wanted to be around people who do the same things that I do,” Benson said. “I went home to my wife one night and said, 'I don't care if I ride by myself, because I love what I do.'”

The Roaddocs has expanded to include chapters in 36 states, as well as chapters in Denmark, Germany and Australia. There are about 400 members.

“I just never realized that it was going to blow up so fast,” Benson said. “The idea just started out by wanting to ride with people. It's kind of evolved.”

Messina said he joined the Roaddocs about four years ago after looking for a riding group to join.

“I actually stumbled across it online and didn't give it much thought,” Messina said. “I called the number on the website and found out that Bill had worked with my wife. We became friends, and it started from there.”

The Wisconsin chapter has about 50 members.

“Basically, we have members from all over,” Messina said. “We have members from Rice Lake, the Green Bay area, Appleton and Walworth County and Rock County. We have members from northern Illinois, like from Rockford and Crystal Lake. It's one group, but we have four regions within that group.”

The Roaddocs often ride as a group in areas throughout the state.

Messina said he has enjoyed having the opportunity to get to know other EMS workers.

“I like that you interact with other people from the medical profession,” Messina said. “Mostly what we do is go on rides and give back to the community.

“Heroes Saving Heroes is a perfect example of that.”

Foley said he decided to join after the Roaddocs participated in an event in his hometown of Lake Mills.

“I told them that I was an EMT and that I liked to ride, and they said this club is for you,” Foley said. “It's about helping others. A lot of clubs like to do things for leisure, but we get down to the brass tacks and help others.”

Anyone who works in the medical profession is welcome to join the EMS Roaddocs.

“It's good to bring all the medical people together. It's just not for people who work on an ambulance. It's for doctors, nurses, EMTs and paramedics, you name it,” Benson said. “We have respiratory service workers. We have all kinds of people associated with the medical field. It's pretty amazing with how it's grown and the direction it's taken. It's really done a lot of good things.”

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, can be common among our soldiers, but the disability also affects emergency responders, who like our military, often times witness horrific incidents.

Those traumatic situations cause emergency responders to commit suicide every three and half days. To help spread PTSD awareness for them, the first annual "Heroes Saving Heroes" motorcycle ride took place. The EMS Roaddocs hosted the event in memory of former Rockford Deputy Chief, Greg Lindmark, who took his own life in February of this year. Roughly 80 riders started at Kegal Harley Davidson on Harrison Avenue, making their way down to Oregon, before heading back to Rockford.

“Most traumatic things that they come upon, you know, they bottle up and they go onto the next call and nobody is really there to talk to them. So, what we're doing in collaboration with the Greg Lindmark Foundation is to raise awareness and educate the public; educate our first responders, their peers,” says Theresa James.

Stillman Valley emergency responders, who were first on scene at the accident which took the lives of Emily Fleming and Andy Conderman, were also at today's event.

 

 

http://www.wifr.com/home/headlines/Motorcycle-Ride-Held-to-Help-Spread-PTSD-Awareness--327244181.html

Heroes Saving Heroes Ride This Sunday

By Captain Jack September 9, 2015 11:11 AM



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There will be a special motorcycle ride this Sunday, to benefit The Greg Lindmark Foundation. The EMS Roaddocs Riding Club will have a benefit ride this Sunday in Rockford. The EMS Roaddocs Riding Club is made up entirely of full and part time people who work in Emergency services active and retired this includes doctors, nurses, paramedics, EMT’s and Firefighters.

The ride benefits The Greg Lindmark Foundation, Greg Lindmark passed away related to PTSD and Cumulative stress in February of this year, he was a 23+ year veteran and Deputy Chief of Rockford Police.

PTSD is very serious, and can lead to substance abuse and even suicide. The number of EMS that suffer from this is staggering. Watch the video below to learn more.

 

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Heroes Saving Heroes Ride starts and ends at Kegel Harley Davidson. Registration starts at 10:30am Sunday, kickstands up at Noon. This will be a Police Escorted Ride that will stop at The Stillman Valley Fire Department.

You can get more information and register at EMSROADDOCS



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AUSTIN, Texas — An EMS Roaddocs Riding Club event raises awareness of PTSD, depression, and substance abuse, a significant problem facing EMS professionals. 

EMS Roaddocs wants first responders everywhere to know they are not forgotten and they don't have to suffer in silence, reports myFOXaustin.   

"We're hoping to make a change today," said Guy Minshall, president of the EMS Roaddocs Riding Club Texas.

The Saturday event at Cowboy Harley Davidson in South Austin was a fundraiser for the Code Green Campaign.

 

http://www.ems1.com/community-awareness/articles/2146266-Texas-motorcycle-club-rides-for-Code-Green-Campaign/

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EMS ROADDOCS Denmark make the news!

 

 

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EMS WORLD article  -  Fundraiser Brings in $10,775 for Code Green Campaign

Austin, Texas - April 7, 2015 - Through the combined efforts of the EMS Roaddocs of Texas and the Curvaceous Chivers, $10,775  will be donated to The Code Green Campaign.

The Code Green Campaign takes its name from the color of the mental health awareness ribbon, and from the “code alerts” that EMS uses to designate an emergency patient. For example, if someone is having a stroke or heart attack that needs rapid intervention, we will tell the hospital the patient is having a “code stroke” or “code STEMI.” The idea is that EMS is calling a code alert on the mental health of providers.

The campaign has two main goals: To raise awareness of the high rates of mental health issues, substance abuse and suicide among first responders and to provide education for responders on how to provide care for themselves and recognize issues in their peers.

The Roaddocs and Chivers spent hundreds of volunteer hours putting together an event involving t-shirt sales, a raffle, a silent auction and an escorted motorcycle ride in the Austin, TX, area on March 28. The event also featured the debut of Code Green’s mascot, Annie the goat.

The EMS Roaddocs were also responsible for recruiting the Curvaceous Chivers, who were able to involve a total of nine Chive Nation groups from around the area. “Curvaceous Chivers is proud to have been part of these events. So many of our members are first responders, this initiative was simply a matter of caring for our fellow brothers and sisters,” says Gem Hurlman, founder of the Curvaceous Chivers said.

This is The Code Green Campaign's first big fundraising event and, after its rousing success, additional chapters of the Roaddocs are already taking steps to hold fundraisers in their areas. The Code Green campaign expects to use the money to pay for operating expenses, education development, and providing mental health resource information and literature to agencies nationwide.

The EMS Roaddocs are a motorcycle club made up of first responders and other healthcare providers. Learn more at www.emsroaddocs.com. The Curvaceous Chivers are a Chive Nation group focused on making the world 10% better through charity, volunteerism, and body positivity. Learn more at

www.thechive.com.

To learn more about The Code Green Campaign, visit www.codegreencampaign.org or www.facebook.com/thecodegreencampaign

 

http://www.emsworld.com/news/12061980/ems-mental-health-awareness

EMS ROADDOCS TEXAS

First responders from across the region joined forces for a Saturday morning charity ride. The ride benefits the Code Green campaign, a group that raises awareness of mental health issues among EMS professionals. The group tells our Mitch Goulding by decreasing the stigma, they hope to save the lives of struggling first responders.

For years, paramedic Guy Minshall belonged to a Florida riding club completely made up of first responders.

When he moved to Texas, though, there wasn't one—so he started his own.

"It's a way that we can all decompress after the stuff we see every day. So we kind of all get together—it's kind of like a family. So we just, ok, ‘who can we help next?’" Minshall says.

Being on the front lines, these guys see a lot of things and that can take a toll on their mental health.

“One in five first responders suffer from PTSD. About a third of first responders suffer from partial PTSD. Our suicide rates right now are about one every 2.5 days, so it's a very significant problem," says Fiona Campbell of Code Green.

Minshall believes the first step in addressing the problem is getting people to open up.

"I think people aren't aware. Every day it builds up and people do take those demons home and they think, well, they can’t talk about it, so why can’t we talk about it?" Minshall says.

National non-profit Code Green does just that.

"We started off collecting stories, just when people would hit rock bottom or what their worst call was, in order for everyone else to realize that they’re not alone. There are other people out there who have experienced the same thing," Campbell says.

By simply starting a conversation, participants are relieved of some of the pressure that builds up.

"It really shows that we're all in this together and that we are all one family," Campbell says.

The men and women who work so hard to help others can get the help they need too.

 

http://www.twcnews.com/tx/austin/news/2015/03/29/charity-ride-benefits-organization-aimed-at-monitoring-mental-health-of-first-responders.html

PTSD AND FIRST RESPONDERS

Films like “Easy Rider” and “The Wild One” wax nostalgic about riding on the open road. The song “Born to be Wild” is probably the anthem one associates with the American biker. Perhaps “Sons of Anarchy” is the modern interpretation of the public’s image of a true motorcycle outlaw.

But when four Emergency Medical Services employees come walking in donning their finest leather duds, having just stepped off of their iron steeds, the image of the rough, tattooed and tattered biker vanish. They may have tough nicknames like Croc and Bull, but their mission is anything but chaos.

The EMS ROADDOCS reside comfortably in the middle, equally as far from a motorcycle gang as they are from the weekend warriors that trailer their bikes to Sturgis every year to look cool. For these guys, their toughness is their medical license that they carry around.

“It’s all about coming together,” says Guy Minshall, president of the Texas chapter of the ROADDOCS. “It’s not all about riding motorcycles.”

But one of his partners, Matt Griffin, the club’s “pathfinder,” disagrees playfully about the motorcycle part.

Meanwhile, club “peacekeeper” Shannon Milner and club secretary Michael Furrh discuss the merits of this service oriented riding club.

If those names sound familiar, it’s because all four work for or have been employed by the Gonzales County EMS. Their motorcycle riding alter-egos allow them an outlet to help the community through volunteerism as well as a vehicle to help their brothers and sisters in the profession.

The riding club was founded in 2011 in Janesville, Wis. as a way for people in the healthcare profession to ride together. They began by offering teaching programs in CPR, basic first aid and accident scene management for bystanders. The club went on to support motorcycle events and became active in honoring veterans.

Now, the club has chapters in 19 states and the new Texas affiliation sports 22 full-patch members. That’s where these men come in.

Minshall, a native of England, found his way to Texas via Florida over a year ago. He works primarily for Fayette County EMS but does part-time duty here in Gonzales. He was instrumental in the formation of the Texas chapter and sees this as being a very busy year for the riders.

The event that is occupying most of their time now is the Code Green Campaign. The campaign is an initiative that is meant to raise awareness on mental health issues, substance abuse and suicide amongst first responders. A little known fact is the high rate of emergency medical workers that suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. If one takes a moment to think of it, the connection is crystal clear.

Minshall explained that suicide rates amongst people in his profession is roughly one suicide every three-and-a-half days. Through this Code Green Campaign, they look to provide education for responders on how to provide care for themselves and recognize issues in their peers.

First responders naturally have a tough-guy title placed on them for the duties that they have to perform. Naturally, we think of them as unflappable, but that sometimes isn’t the case.

“You see the heroes, but who helps the heroes,” said Minshall.

Milner noted that these professionals often have no outlet for their emotions.

“They can make jokes about it, but the issues don’t go away,” he said. “There’s no professional help.”

Minshall explains further that the group is an outlet for support and sometimes professionals need to call someone to help them through a grizzly memory. It’s cool for them to lend an ear and a shoulder of support for a bother or sister that needs a little one-on-one counseling to make it through a tough emotion.

For instance, the previous night saw a first responder from North Texas take his life. Furrh was able to make a call to the people that knew the victim and lend support from someone within the profession.

“It’s good to get a phone call from someone you’re familiar with,” he said.

“You become desensitized after a while,” Furrh continued. “Having a club is fun and cool, but at the end of the day, they can all talk to each other.”

Griffin says that every single one of them have been touched by this subject. Once, he had a partner that attempted suicide while on shift.

They also stress that their group is a riding club, which is different from a motorcycle club. With them it’s family first, not club first.

On their bikes, the group looks like any other riding club. They have their Harleys and Hondas and are dressed in leather vests, chaps and boots. But to them, safety is the key. You won’t see them cutting up in bars or speeding down the road. Since they have the star of life logo on the back of their vests, they represent the EMS as a whole. As their bylaws state, if they’re wearing the logo and the vest, it’s as if they’re in uniform.

The ROADDOCS are gearing up for a major fundraiser on March 28 at Cowboy Harley-Davidson of Austin. It is billed as an escorted charity ride and party benefiting the Code Green Campaign.

A police escorted ride will depart and return from the location. The ride is $20 and will last approximately one hour through the hill country with breakfast and lunch included. Registration is from 9:30-10:30 a.m. with kickstands up at 11 a.m.

Other events include live music, food, a silent auction, and a bounce house for the kids. For the adults, a bikini bike wash will be held out back.

For more information on the Code Green Campaign, visit www.codegreencampaign.org.

“We’re definitely setting the bar for the organization,” said Minshall.

 

http://m.gonzalesinquirer.com/mobile/news/article_bdf555b4-c997-11e4-b3f0-976eb0376324.html

FOX NEWS 7 AUSTIN TX

EMS Roaddocs: PTSD and Suicide Prevention

Guy Minshall, president of the EMS Roaddocs motorcycle club rides to raise awareness for mental health. The numbers for suicide and those struggling with PTSD are alarming. Through the Code Green campaign, the EMS Roaddocs aim to change those statistics within their community.

Code Green Campaign: http://codegreencampaign.org/

Donate to Code Green: http://curvaceouschivers.storenvy.com...

EMS Roaddocs: http://www.emsroaddocs.com/

 

 

http://www.jems.com/videos/2015/04/ems-roaddocs-ptsd-and-suicide-prevention.html

Dr Danger talking about the EMS ROADDOCS

The Ultimate Badass

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Greg Carpenter, AKA Dr. Danger of Dr. Danger’s stunts. There are few true daredevils left in this world, so I was super excited to sit down and chat with one. I called him during the afternoon and caught him just after he’d changed out of his “business attire”, so I asked him if that meant he was just wearing fire retardant, double thick wide shin pads, and he replied “I was actually wearing a suit, but it’s made out of wool which is somewhat flame retardant.”

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Right away, I knew I was dealing with a unique individual. After seeing him drive a school bus into another school bus on America’s Got Talent, I decided to look up Dr. Danger and see what he was all about. What I found was a man with a very compelling story, and I decided to reach out to him. Originally from Sacramento, CA, he now lives in Austin, TX, where his 2013 History Channel TV show “American Daredevils” was based. As he says, “Me and another guy sat down with a couple of beers and said ‘let’s make a TV show’ and we did, and we took it straight to the top.”

At 53 years old, Greg wakes up every morning with aches and pains from several stunts and crashes. Sometimes he starts the day by soaking in Epsom salts. Not your typical 53 year old. He holds several World Records, one in which he ran 300 feet while on fire for about a minute. “There’s been a couple of times when I thought I wasn’t gonna pull out of it,” says Greg, “there was one night when they couldn’t put me out! The firetruck didn’t work. I laid down at 20 seconds to get put out. At about 40 seconds I was wondering what was going on? I was trying to help. My girlfriend at the time was screaming trying to help. At about 55 seconds they put me out and at about 50 seconds I was thinking ‘here? This is it? This is what it comes down to, some podunk place in Missouri, really? I was pondering that moment.” Luckily, the fire marshal was standing 150 yards away and rushed over with a fire extinguisher just as Dr. Danger was contemplating his demise.

 photo DRDANGER_FIRE_RUN_large.jpgHe tells me that it’s not an easy job and there is a lot of “gypsy” involved. He strives to get noticed and, with great skill and effort (my words, not his), he has succeeded. When I asked him about the school bus stunt on America’s Got Talent, he said he doubted he’d be able to pull off the stunt considering the show dictated the entire set up. Yet it was a home run.

To me, Dr. Danger and his stunt team seemed like a bunch of cool guys doing what they love. Inspired by Evel Knievel and Spanky Spangler, Greg began as a Hollywood stunt man but quickly decided that, “At the end of the day I want America to see that it’s me, and not some well paid stunt man hiding behind an actor.” He tells me that stunt guys and daredevils are both a dying breed: “The stunt guys have been replaced by computers. I don’t know if it saves production companies any money but it’s safer, nobody is going to get killed in the process. And on the daredevil side, people can just entertain themselves with their phone. Everything is so expensive so it’s hard to get people out to the racetracks and monster trucks. People just don’t show up as much as they used to.” It’s important to support entertainers like Dr. Danger, who encompass true Americana and preserve real American nostalgia.

I quickly became a fan of Dr. Danger and his Allstars. Dr. Danger is the Ultimate Badass, so I was delighted to discover a humble, down to Earth hero who was equally charming and friendly. He was quick to tell me about a group that he is working with, EMS Roaddocs, a squad of EMT bikers who are typically the guys looking at Greg and others on the stretcher. “If it’s me and I’m the one on the stretcher or trapped in the vehicle, I just ‘be cool’ like in Pulp Fiction. ‘Be cool honey bunny’ I just get my shit together til they get me on the helicopter. But being in those situations, it traumatizes the people around me. [this experience] I couldn’t relate to until I was on a helicopter ride a while ago and I realized that my responsibility to the fans and my family is to go out there, entertain people, take them to the edge but… I gotta stop crossing over that edge because it’s not responsible of me to have the audience explain to their children that somebody is out there dead.” He tells me then that his involvement with the EMS Roaddocs is due to a lack of support for EMT’s, who save lives and keep people like Greg running.

When I tell him “You’re a pretty sophisticated guy for someone who lights himself on fire,” he laughs and tells me “I started in 1989 and I had a brief period of time for about 4 years when I had to go to federal college because I was also a smuggler…. it gave me the same high as stunts…” What was he smuggling? “I was smuggling pot and stuff like that. It was a way to make some money and I was the guy that you call when you gotta get the job done.” I told him I didn’t have to write that part, but he said it’s part of the story. “If you’re running around with $100,000 of someone else’s money, someone will shoot you. There’s cops after you. Someone will take you out. When I got out of prison, I became a musician and a writer. I’ve been out for 15 years now and just being Dr. Danger isn’t quite as stupid as other things.”

My admiration for Dr. Danger grew as he admitted his past to me. I asked him if he’d seen the film “Blow” with Johnny Depp and he laughed, telling me it’s his favorite movie. We ended our discussion by him telling me how much he loves his girlfriend, Kathie, who also acts as his life coach and keeps him in line. “She allows me to be me, she allows the understanding of who I am.” It’s just a matter of time before someone discovers the Greg Carpenter story and decides to turn it into a feature length film. Until then, you can help support Dr. Danger by voting for his team to return to America’s Got Talent as a wild card, and following him on Twitter.

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